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Poppins Book Nook: Where In the World? with Robin Hood

The Poppins Book Nook for 2014 is officially underway! I am so excited to finally be able to share our very first Poppins Book Nook contribution with you all. The theme for this month is “Where in the World?” so we decided that we wanted to visit medieval England in the classic book, Robin Hood by Howard Pyle.


Before we began our journey, we decided that we needed a way to record our findings about medieval England, so our first craft was to create our own travel journal. This is a very simple project that was a lot of fun to make.

We began with 5 sheets of plain paper, folded them in half, and then used scrapbooking scissors to roughen the edges. (You could also just tear the edges gently for a similar effect.)


Then we found a piece of scrap vinyl fabric and cut it so that it would fit around the paper, overlapping with a flap on the front.


We made a hole in the tab on the front and fed a scrap piece of vinyl through the hole, which would wrap around the book and tie it shut.


Then we punched holes through the vinyl and the paper with a hammer and nails, and then simply stitched the binding with embroidery floss.


With that, our journal was complete!


This journal could be easily modified by changing the stitching on the binding, adding more sheets, or even pre-printing notebooking pages half sized before binding. It could also serve as a fantastic nature journal. This little book is perfect to have handy, no matter where in the world you want to go!

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What would a trip to medieval England be without a castle? And what good could a castle be if you can’t play with it? So, it was agreed, we needed to construct a castle. And not just a plain cardboard castle, but a more 3-dimensional version that would be a blast to play with!

We began with a few pieces of foam board. Each measured 20″ x 30″, so we cut them into quarters. We then measured 1 inch sections across one of the long edges that would form the tops of the castle walls.


We then cut one inch wide strips to use for the wall-walk, and used some of the remnants from the wall cutouts for bracing on the bottom. With a little hot glue, we pieced together our 3 dimensional walls.


Repeating that process, we made all 4 three-dimensional walls. We then made a tower for each of the 4 corners, measuring 2″ x 15″. We fastened each wall to the corners. Now the castle was really taking shape.


Before we attached the final wall, we made an arched opening as our drawbridge. We also added some paper pyramids to the top of each tower, since the boys thought they were a bit plain. So here is our finished castle, complete with lego action figures poised to defend it!


Robin Hood is such a classic book, and the time period is fascinating. We spent quite a lot of time, and had a ton of fun, learning all about it. We also used the following books for supplemental information on the time period. I hope you enjoyed our projects, and will try your hand at making them!



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10 responses »

  1. I love your castle and your book choices! I like learning about the Middle Ages, but it’s certainly not an era I would have wanted to live!

  2. A great story and a great castle! I bet your kids had a blast with it!

  3. Robin Hood is one of my favorite stories. And I love the David Macaulay Castle book!

    I can’t believe how well your castle turned out. We tried one from a book, and it didn’t turn out so well.

    • Thank you! I had never seen one made of foam board that could actually be used with figures and such, so we totally winged it. We were pretty happy with the results. The kids are still loving it! πŸ™‚

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  5. Your castle turned out great! Your book selections are fantastic. The middle ages are a fascinating time period or kids of all ages.

    Thank you for helping to bring a spoonful of reading fun to the Poppins Book Nook this month!

  6. I love the way the castle turned out!


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